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Want to be on the cutting edge of digital technology in a print, broadcast or online newsroom? Want to design media websites, develop apps or create news stories for the Web? Students interested in Digital Technology Journalism will learn journalism fundamentals, how to report the news and how to produce multimedia packages using video, audio and still photography. Through non-journalism electives, students can gain expertise in HTML, Java, Visual Basic, interactive Web application development, information systems, executing business plans, new venture creation, domestic and international marketing and management and growth strategies for emerging companies.

Bachelor of Journalism Degree Requirements – Effective Fall 2013
 

DEPARTMENT CORE: Required of all CMJN majors (3 hours)

  • CMJN 2100 Concepts of Communication & Journalism (3)

REQUIRED COURSES: Must take all of the courses listed below (15 hours)

  • JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals (3)
  • JRNL 2210 Newswriting (3)
  • JRNL 2310 Reporting (3)
  • CMJN 4000 Mass Media Law & Regulation (3)
  • JRNL 4920 Journalism Internship (3)

REQUIRED COURSES: Must select TWO (6 hours) of the specialized reporting courses below

  • JRNL 3020 Digital News Reporting (3)
  • JRNL 3220 Magazine & Feature Writing (3)
  • JRNL 3530 Sports Reporting (3)

REQUIRED COURSES: Must select TWO (6 hours) of the journalism production courses below

  • JRNL 3010 Digital News Production
  • JRNL 3110 Introduction to Applied Journalism
  • JRNL 3410 Photojournalism
  • JRNL 3470 Editing & Design
  • JRNL 3510 Multimedia Journalism

GROUP 2 COURSES: Select FIVE courses (15 hours) from the following list of Communication and Journalism electives. At least one (3 hours) of the required four courses must be in COMM, CMJN, RTVF or PR.

  • JRNL 3110 Introduction to Applied Journalism (3)*
  • JRNL 3220 Magazine & Feature Writing (3)*
  • JRNL 3410 Photojournalism (3)*
  • JRNL 3470 Editing & Design (3)*
  • JRNL 3510 Multimedia Journalism (3)*
  • JRNL 3530 Sports Reporting (3)*
  • JRNL 3010 Digital News Production (3)*
  • JRNL 3020 Digital News Reporting (3)*
  • JRNL 4320 Entrepreneurial Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4410/4417 Journalism History (3)
  • JRNL 4430 Sports, Media & Society (3)
  • JRNL 4480 Advanced Publication Design (3)
  • JRNL 4490 Literary Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4870 Community Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4970 Special Topics in Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4930 Directed Studies (1-4)
  • JRNL 4967 Honors Special Problems (1-3)
  • JRNL 4997 Honors Thesis (1-3)
  • COMM 2010 Message Preparation & Analysis (3)
  • COMM 2400 Communication in Organizations  (3)
  • COMM 2410 Small Group Communication (3)
  • COMM 3100/3113 Speaking Before Audiences (3)
  • COMM 3110/3113/3114 Persuasion (3)
  • COMM 3300 Communication and Conflict (3)
  • COMM 3450/3453 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • COMM 3500 Foundations of Human Communication (3)
  • COMM 3600 Foundations of Rhetoric & Social Influence (3)
  • COMM 3650 The Rhetoric of Sports (3)
  • COMM 3700 Argumentation (3)
  • COMM 3970 Special Topics in Communication (3)
  • CMJN 3350 Visual Communication (3)
  • PRCM 3040 Foundations of PR (3)
  • PRCM 3080 International PR (3)
  • PRCM 3090 PR in the Political Process (3)
  • PRCM 3260 Strategic Communication in PR (3)
  • PRCM 3270 PR in the Not-for-Profit Arena (3)
  • PRCM 3280 Social Media and Public Relations (3)
  • RTVF 2350/2353/2354 Intro to Film Studies (3)
  • RTVF 2800 Multimedia Production (3)
  • RTVF 3210 Soundtracks Music Mass Media (3)
  • RTVF 3300 Foundations of Mass Comm (3)
  • RTVF 3350 Writing for Radio, Television & Film (3)
  • RTVF 3380 Broadcast Newswriting (3)
  • RTVF 3420 Introduction to Filmmaking (3)
  • RTVF 3580 Reproducing Popular Culture (3)
  • RTVF 3970 Special Topics in Media (3)

    *May take this course to fulfill a Group 2 requirement if the course was not taken as one of your required specialized reporting or journalism production courses.

GROUP 3 COURSES:  Must take one (3 hours) of the advanced reporting/writing courses listed below

JRNL 4230 Advanced Reporting or JRNL 4470 Advanced Magazine and Feature Writing (3)

University Core Curriculum and Non-Journalism Electives

In addition to the required journalism coursework, all journalism majors take a variety of classes that provide the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning, information literacy, informed citizenship and global awareness. Journalism majors are required to take 23 elective credit hours and 41 hours in Auburn University’s core curriculum. Please consult with the Auburn Bulletin and your academic adviser as to prerequisites and class standing requirements for these courses before registration.

RECOMMENDED NON-JOURNALISM ELECTIVES (23 HOURS): Journalism majors may take any electives in the AU bulletin, as long as they meet the prerequisite and class standing requirements. However, selecting electives from the list below is strongly encouraged for a student interested in the Digital Technology Journalism area of emphasis.

  • CCEN 2000 INTRODUCTION: COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (3)
  • CCEN 2100 WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP (3)
  • COMP 1210/1217 FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPUTING I (3)
  • COMP 2000 NETWORK PROGRAMMING WITH HTML AND JAVA (3)
  • COMP 2210 FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE II (4)
  • COMP 2710 SOFTWARE CONSTRUCTION (3)
  • COMP 3010/3013/3014 SPREADSHEET-BASED APPLICATIONS WITH VISUAL BASIC (3)
  • COMP 3710 WIRELESS SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (3)
  • COMP 5000 WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT (3)
  • COMP 5010 INTERACTIVE APPLICATIONS IN VISUAL BASIC (3)
  • COMP 5020 ADVANCED WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT (3)
  • COMP 5030 OBJECT-ORIENTED TECHNOLOGIES (3)
  • ECON 4100 INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION (3)
  • ECON 4200 GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS AND SOCIETY (3)
  • ECON 4300 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS (3)
  • ENFB 4180 GROWTH STRATEGIES FOR EMERGING COMPANIES (3)
  • ENFB 4190 NEW VENTURE CREATION (3)
  • ENFB 4200 BUSINESS PLAN FOR THE NEW VENTURE (3)
  • ENFB 4210 CORPORATE VENTURING-ENTREPRENEURS IN ORGANIZATIONS (3)
  • HIST 3540 ISSUES IN TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE (3)
  • ISMN 3040 BUSINESS TELECOM MANAGEMENT (3)
  • ISMN 3070 BUSINESS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (3)
  • ISMN 3080 ADVANCED PROGRAMMING AND COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (3)
  • ISMN 3140 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (2)
  • ISMN 3830 DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (3)
  • ISMN 5270 CURRENT ISSUES IN IS FOR ORGS (3)
  • ISMN 5280 INFORMATION SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE IN THE SMALL-AND MEDIUM-SIZE ENTERPRISE (3)
  • MKTG 3310 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING (3)
  • MKTG 4500 MARKETING ON THE INTERNET (3)
  • MNGT 3100/3107 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT (3)
  • MNGT 3460 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3)
  • MNGT 4100 MANAGEMENT IN GLOBAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (3)
  • MNGT 4400 ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE (3)
  • MNGT 4890 STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT (3)
  • MNGT 5560 LEADERSHIP (3)
  • PHIL 1040 BUSINESS ETHICS (3)

Students must apply for admission to the Journalism program after 30 core hours.

Students who transfer to Auburn University’s Journalism major are required to take a minimum of 21 credit hours in the AU program.

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED 
University core: 41 hours
College core: 8 hours
Department core: 3 hours
Major Core/Required: 45 hours
Electives: 23 hours
TOTAL: 120 hours

Please consult the Auburn Bulletin for information on the University and College of Liberal Arts Core.

 

Contact Information

Judith Sheppard

Judith Sheppard

Journalism Program Director
227 Tichenor
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-4594
sheppje@auburn.edu

Last Updated: March 28, 2014